Canute the Great was born in the year 985 AD in Denmark
Canute the Great and his father, Sweyn Forkbeard, the King of Denmark, voyaged to England to try and take the throne.
His father successfully defeated King Ethelred II, and Ethelred was forced to leave England. This made Sweyn the King of England.
After Canute's father died in 1014, Elthelred returned to England. Caunte was forced to leave and return to Denmark.
When Ethelred died two years later, the people of London voted for Edmund Ironside to be king. However, the rest of England wanted Canute to be their king. The two men fought at the Battle Of Assandun.
Canute defeated Edmund in the battle, forcing him to sign a treaty. The treaty divided England into two parts, one for each man. The treaty would be honoured until the death of one of them.